DIAMONDANDSTRIPES TOO STRONG IN OKLAHOMA CLASSICS JUVENILE
For Immediate Release
OKLAHOMA CITY – Taking over the lead shortly after the start, Diamondandstripes never looked back in winning the $100,000 Oklahoma Classics Juvenile, sponsored by Chickasaw Nation on Friday at Remington Park.
Friday, October 20, 2017
Owned and trained by James Helzer of Arlington, Texas, Diamondandstripes was ridden with confidence by Lindey Wade. He put the 2-year-old gelding on the lead with more than a half-mile left in the six furlongs. Making only his fourth career start, Diamondandstripes had to fend off a double-challenge from Fite N Tocc and Private Stash until the top of the stretch as they both pressed the winner.
Taking over at the top of the stretch, Diamondandstripes put things away, pulling clear by five lengths before crossing the finish ahead by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:11.87 over the fast track. Kirk Of Diamonds rallied outside to gain second while Private Stash held on for third, a head behind the runner-up.
Diamondandstripes went off at 14-1 odds in the betting and paid $31.20 to win, $15 to place and $9.20 to show. Kirk Of Diamonds returned $3.80 to place and $2.60 to show. Private Stash paid $6.20 to show. Fite N Tocc faded after being forwardly placed, finishing fourth as the beaten 2-1 betting favorite.
Bred in Oklahoma by Daniel Whitlow and Craig Whitlow, Diamondandstripes won his second career race from four attempts. The Classics Juvenile was the first win at Remington Park for the 2-year-old gelded son of Service Stripe from the Diamond mare Devil Her Diamond. He picked up $60,000 for the victory to move his overall earnings to $72,545.
The Classics Juvenile win was the first-ever Oklahoma Classics win for Helzer as a trainer. Wade picked up his first score in the Juvenile and his third Oklahoma Classics win overall.
Remington Park Thoroughbred racing continues Saturday, Oct. 21 with the first event at 7pm.
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